Crab and Seafood Fest Fills North Oregon Coast w Fun This Weekend
(Astoria, Oregon) - The denizens of Astoria and Warrenton are once again preparing to celebrate the incredible bounty of Oregon seafood during the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, on April 24 - 26. This popular three-day event features a traditional dinner of fresh-caught Dungeness crab paired with local craft brews and Northwest wines, as well as arts and crafts, live music and other family-friendly entertainment.
It's the 27th annual Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival this time around. A traditional crab dinner featuring fresh-caught Dungeness crab is the highlight, which also showcases fresh shrimp, salmon, oysters, halibut and clam chowder, along with local craft brews and fine Pacific Northwest wine.
To top it off, you can take home interesting handcrafted wares from regional artisans as well as take in numerous live acts.
Among the crafters will be the Nehalem Bay Winery, which often spotlights their famous “foo-foo” drinks – beverages made with wine and fruit. This year, the winery says it has a special new drink to debut at this year’s Astoria shindig.
Friday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Adult admission for the festival is $8 on Friday, $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Weekend passes are available for $18. Children under the age of 12 are free. The crab dinner will be available at the current market rate. Parking at the event is $5.
The Crab and Seafood Festival takes place at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds in Astoria. Shuttle service is available for $1 each way from area hotels, campgrounds and convenient park-and-ride locations in Astoria and Warrenton, including the Port of Astoria.
Astoria and Warrenton are located on Oregon’s historic North Coast, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, 90 miles northwest of Portland. It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and has a rich maritime history. Still home to a working waterfront, Astoria boasts a vibrant community including art galleries, museums, restaurants, shops, Victorian homes and the internationally acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum.
(800) 875-6807 or www.oldoregon.com.
For lodging, Oregon’s north coast offers a wide selection of accommodations, from charming bed and breakfasts and small historic inns, to hotels, motels, campgrounds and vacation home rentals. For lodging choices within driving distance of Astoria, click here for Seaside Lodging.
Other Astoria Events to Look For
May 10th. “Greater Tuna.” Two actors play 22 characters in famous quick-change comedy at the Liberty Theater. It takes a team of lightning-fast “dressers” backstage to help create the twenty-odd oddballs who represent the population of the entire Greater Tuna Area – men, women, children, animals and space aliens. Some quick-changes occur in fewer than four seconds. Tickets for the Astoria performance are $25 & $20 with Students and Seniors $23 and $16. 4 p.m. Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial Street. Astoria, Oregon. 800 992 TIXX. www.liberty-theater.org.
May 23. Dennis Powers Speaks at the Maritime Museum. Author of “Taking the Sea.” He is the author of nine books including the acclaimed maritime histories, Sentinel of the Seas, Treasure Ship, and The Raging Sea. 2:30 p.m. Columbia River Maritime Museum. 1792 Marine Drive. Astoria, Oregon. 503-325-2323.